Saturday, November 13, 2010

A warm compromise

In the lead up to Christmas and the following winter months, there is nothing like the warm glow of a natural fire and I must admit that one of the requirements for us buying our house was that we wanted a coal fire which we had become accustomed to growing up. For a year or so we bought our coal bags and enjoyed sitting close to the fire after dinner and were content. Then I began to consider the environment....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Squirrelling away

I've been talking to a friend of mine this week who like me is doing everything he can to be good to the environment. The cogs are always turning in his head to see what else he might do. "Good on you" I say and "keep it up" but then there is the little disappointment that creeps into the conversation. "I cant get my family to go along with me and they do their own thing and cant be bothered with being green". This obviously niggles at him because he knows that what he is doing is right. Being green can really be a battle and if you are fighting to do your bit and the rest of the family aren't interested then it can feel like a losing battle. Your not losing! Everyone counts and can be added to the great green army that is only multiplying no matter how slowly. It will build up momentum and we will make a difference, we just have to be patient. Eventually other people will realise this difference and importance and will join in. It will just have to take it's course. It's all of those people who are doing the environment a favour right now that will ultimately lose out and if we give up. If that happens, then one day we will be living in a rubbish pit and who wins then. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and am going to keep reaching for it. I'm the lucky one because I know it's there, and so do you. So be like the little squirrel quietly working away collecting nuts for hibernation. He knows that his work will pay off in the end.